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Transantarctic Expedition - talking about horrible place, south pole, toska, explorers, 100 years

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Hi well today is December the 14th 2011 which is a special day in Antarctica, because it is exactly a 100 years since the Norwegian Roald Amundsen as reached the South Pole, he was the first person to do so. It's the centenary year and it's a pretty big thing in Antarctica so there have been lots of special things happening all over the continent today. I didn't reach the pole today, I'm still a degree and a half away and you know, all day my mind has been thinking about those original explorers and what they must have gone through to get to the South Pole. What a bleak and horrible place it must have seemed. To me the South Pole is a place where I can get resupplies, there's people, there's the opportunity for abit of a wash, things like that. But for those guys, the South Pole was just a point on the Antarctic plateau which as it was today, the cold, windy, fairly desolate place, so to find yourself there knowing that now you have to turn round and go all the way back, do that with no hope of rescue or help - that's a pretty monumental thing. I've been thinking about those original explorers alot, and what a shame I'm not at the Pole to join the party ! But hopefully, I did quite well today, 17.5 nautical miles, so if I keep going at that rate it shouldn't be more than 5 or 6 days, probably 6 actually, before I'm there myself. So, fingers crossed, these nice surfaces continue all the way to the Pole and the nice weather holds and I get there within 6 or 7 days.


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Hi well today is December the 14th 2011 which is a special day in Antarctica, because it is exactly a 100 years since the Norwegian Roald Amundsen as reached the South Pole, he was the first person to do so. It's the centenary year and it's a pretty big thing in Antarctica so there have been lots of special things happening all over the continent today. I didn't reach the pole today, I'm still a degree and a half away and you know, all day my mind has been thinking about those original explorers and what they must have gone through to get to the South Pole. What a bleak and horrible place it must have seemed. To me the South Pole is a place where I can get resupplies, there's people, there's the opportunity for abit of a wash, things like that. But for those guys, the South Pole was just a point on the Antarctic plateau which as it was today, the cold, windy, fairly desolate place, so to find yourself there knowing that now you have to turn round and go all the way back, do that with no hope of rescue or help - that's a pretty monumental thing. I've been thinking about those original explorers alot, and what a shame I'm not at the Pole to join the party ! But hopefully, I did quite well today, 17.5 nautical miles, so if I keep going at that rate it shouldn't be more than 5 or 6 days, probably 6 actually, before I'm there myself. So, fingers crossed, these nice surfaces continue all the way to the Pole and the nice weather holds and I get there within 6 or 7 days.

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How ironic.......Your thinking about great past explorers and all we think about is great present explorers.......you!
Go girl!!!

Posted by: PETER COULTER 2 years ago
Hi Felicity, I heard your interview on the radio here in Boston and was so impressed with you and so touched by your isolation down there near the South Pole I had to write, I feel a bit foolish. I want to help but the only thing I could think was to take you on a virtual tour of one of the museums here in Boston. I have an iPhone with a front camera and, if you like, we could arrange a time to 'meet' there and we could look at some wonderful art. The MFA has a new American wing. There is also the Institute for Contemporary Art which is interesting. Please let me know if you find that appealing. If so I bet many people would love to go on outings with you. Perhaps this could ease some of the isolation? If you think so please contact me at my email account. I am also following you on Twitter. I am very excited about the challenge you have taken on. Good Luck!
Kathryn Collins

Posted by: Kathryn Collins 2 years ago
Felicity, this has been YOUR dream. You can and you will succeed. You have the emotional strength, the experience,and physical ability to accomplish the journey. You are far more capable than you might realize.

Posted by: Bernard Bast 2 years ago
I heard your interview this morning in Washington, DC. Quite inspirational, and you're one heck of a strong, powerful lady. God bless you in your amazing adventure! Enjoy the solitude.

Posted by: Gerald Brown 2 years ago
Try to remember --- when the going is roughest --- that you would not be where you are if this were easy. Think of the 'war stories' that you'll be able to tell or write about. For now JUST DO IT in the moment, in this moment. You have a host of us who really care about you and what you are doing!

Posted by: Margaret Donohue 2 years ago
Felicity,
"This breeze, which has travelled from the regions towards which I am advancing, gives me a foretaste of those icy climes. Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight...those undiscovered solitudes."
- Capt. Walton; Shelley, Frankenstein

Good Fortune!

Posted by: Geoffrey Scott 2 years ago
Hi Felicity,
Im a friend of Spencers and I recently met your Mum and Dad: Jackie and Richard. I would firstly like to say Well done on the trip thus far. The determination and self-discipline involved and your absolute dedication to achieving your goal the South Pole, must be immense. Keep it up! Just hearing your pod-cast, I could tell your a tough-cookie!! Anyway, I hope these snippets of encouragemen help in some small way. All the best,
Alex

Posted by: Alexander Hayes 2 years ago
Such an inspiration, can understand you thinking of the early explorers at this point in the journey, to have to turn around &do it all again must have been mind numbing &&o brave, as Cherry-Garrard would have said on the worst journey in the world-'Stick it, stick it'keep up the good work!

Posted by: Janet Stanley 2 years ago

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